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Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Preston North End

Leo Bonatini
Leo Bonatini has scored seven goals for Wolves this season

Championship leaders Wolves held off a revival by 10-man Preston to earn another home victory at Molineux.

Ivan Cavaleiro gave them the lead when he tapped in Barry Douglas' cross, and Leo Bonatini scored from the spot after Josh Harrop fouled Matt Doherty.

Bonatini slotted home his second after Jota's shot was saved by Chris Maxwell but Jordan Hugill headed a goal back and Conor Coady put into his own net.

Preston had Alan Browne sent off for a second yellow late on.

After a quiet first half, the game opened up after the break and, following Cavaleiro's opener, Wolves loanee Bonatini netted for the third game in a row.

Soon after, the Brazilian scored his seventh goal of the campaign to give the hosts what looked like a comfortable three-goal cushion.

Preston, who went into the game on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run, set up a tense finale as Hugill and Coady's own goal made it 3-2.

A feisty game reached its peak in the closing minutes when Browne dismissed, but Preston could not find an equaliser in the six minutes of added time.

Wolves have now not lost at home in their past six games.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo:

"Three points is important, but what does not leave us totally pleased is our performance. In the first half, there was too much stopping, too much holding.

"Refereeing is difficult and it is unfair for me to judge all the situations, but what I saw was too much holding on our players. He (referee Stephen Martin) must stop this and punish them. It's football, and holding is not part of football.

"But we stood up to it. I'm not complaining about the game plan of our opponents. It's our job to find solutions, but there is a referee and we cannot find solutions for holding."

Preston boss Alex Neil:

"I thought that the penalty was extremely harsh. I have seen it back and there was not much contact.

"Then if you look back at the third goal our goalkeeper is clearly impeded and the referee chooses to do nothing about it.

"To add insult to injury at the end of the match there is a melee in the middle of the pitch, two of our players get booked, one gets sent off and one of theirs is booked and we have clear video footage that one of their players elbows Ben Pearson straight in the face.

"I know it sounds like sour grapes, but I am fed up getting bad decisions against us at times."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 6Batth
  • 16Coady
  • 25MirandaBooked at 85mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 8Neves
  • 27SaissBooked at 90mins
  • 3DouglasBooked at 73mins
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forEnobakhareat 75'minutes
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forHélder Costaat 75'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forA N'Diayeat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 5Bennett
  • 12Marshall
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Price
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 31Norris

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 14Fisher
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 71mins
  • 20Davies
  • 32Earl
  • 4Pearson
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 90mins
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 8BrowneBooked at 90mins
  • 10HarropSubstituted forMavididiat 61'minutes
  • 9HugillBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Boyle
  • 7Horgan
  • 12Gallagher
  • 15Woods
  • 27Mavididi
  • 28Hudson
  • 37Robinson
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
27,352

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Preston North End 2.

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Alan Browne (Preston North End) for a bad foul.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Rúben Neves.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Roderick Miranda (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Roderick Miranda (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alfred N'Diaye replaces Diogo Jota.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Hugill with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Own Goal by Conor Coady, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Preston North End 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bright Enobakhare replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Léo Bonatini.

Booking

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephy Mavididi.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Roderick Miranda (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves1392224131129
2Cardiff138321810827
3Sheff Utd139041811727
4Leeds137242112923
5Aston Villa136431913622
6Bristol City135622014621
7Preston135621711621
8Derby125431713419
9Norwich125431214-219
10Ipswich116052017318
11Fulham134631714318
12Nottm Forest136071721-418
13Middlesbrough134541512317
14Hull134452420416
15Millwall134451614216
16Sheff Wed134451616016
17QPR133641617-115
18Brentford132741718-113
19Barnsley123361518-312
20Reading123361114-312
21Birmingham13328821-1311
22Burton13247625-1910
23Sunderland131661625-99
24Bolton13139724-176
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